HANDS ON: Sam Vaughan in his workshop with his hand-made machine that bends the sides of his acoustic guitars.
HANDS ON: Sam Vaughan in his workshop with his hand-made machine that bends the sides of his acoustic guitars. Amy Haydock

Guitars hand made with help of NASA

QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP: Yeppoon furniture-maker Sam Vaughan with his collection of hand-made acoustic guitars.

IT MAY sound like a lot of work making acoustic guitars from scratch, but Yeppoon's Sam Vaughan says it's more relaxing than stressful.

"It's really pleasurable to make something that sounds nice," he said.

But it is the way the Yeppoon furniture-maker builds his guitars that is interesting.

"I built a machine for bending the sides, as well as a heat strap that was developed by NASA, which can get up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit," Sam said.

"I bought it online. They use them to help keep the space capsule warm so the astronauts don't freeze, but they're also used in racing cars and things like that."

Sam uses a variety of timbers to build the guitars, including the rare huon and king billy pines, which he brought back from a trip to Tasmania.

"They take about 60 to 70 hours to make but it's very enjoyable," he said.

Sam is the only person in Central Queensland to skilfully make quality acoustic guitars, but that's not his only area of expertise.

His business, Vaughan's Furniture, was the first shop to be opened on Tanby Rd and Sam has been known in the community for his furniture-making skills for nearly 50 years.

He has built almost anything involving woodwork, selling intricately handmade grandfather clocks, tables and other furniture.

Sam said he taught himself how to make acoustic guitars, guided by YouTube videos and books, and has since been slowly building up his collection.

"I made the first batch 10 years ago, but then about two years ago I had someone ask me could I make one for them, so I just started working on them again from there," Sam said.

Want more?

Vaughan's Furniture is located at 77 Rockhampton Rd, Yeppoon.

Phone 4939 5949 for more information.



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